The game developer behind the "Borderlands" franchise, Gearbox Software, has finally confirmed that it is working on another installment in the shooter franchise. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford shared a few details during a panel at the recently concluded PAX East, according to a report in GameSpot. He confirmed that the game is being worked on by saying, "Obviously, there is going to be another Borderlands." However, he also cited that they are not sure if they will call it "Borderlands," warning fans not to get "too attached" to the name.
Gearbox also identified some of the team members who will be working on the game. These includes the art director of "Battleborn," Scott Kester. Incidentally, he also worked on the previous installment of the franchise, "Borderlands 2." Mickey Neumann, who is also Gearbox's chief creative champion is said to be writing the next "Borderlands." He had a hand at writing the first installment of the series, as well as the "Brothers in Arms" game series of Gearbox.
When Neumann was asked about the storyline for the next game, he cited that it may have ties to "Tales from the Borderlands" as he may refer to a character named Scooter who names his son Scooper who in turn will appear in "Borderlands 3." Scooper will apparently have a super high-pitched voice, according to Neumann. Scooter however may not make an appearance in the upcoming game because of the fate that befalls him in "Tales from the Borderlands," according to the report. more >>
At the PAX East conference, during the Rainbow Six Pro League finals, developer Ubisoft revealed what's in store for gamers when the second DLC for "Rainbow Six Siege" drops in early May. According to a Tech Times report, two new characters or operators will be joining the team this time around and both will be operators coming from the Navy Seals.
Name Blackbeard and Valkyrie, they play offensive and defensive roles respectively. Valkyrie is the Defender character whose weapon is a powerful SPAS-12 shotgun. One of her abilities is to equip any surface with cameras that stick on any surface, thereby giving her teammates useful video information for better coordination of movements and attacks. Blackbeard on the other hand is an Attacker character. His weapon has a shield mounted on it, which makes him the perfect operator to lead a team attack. He also sports a Desert Eagle rifle as his weapon.
Aside from these new characters however, not much is known about "Operation Dust Line." What is definite is that the DLC will be arriving much later as the first DLC also experienced a delay in its release. According to another report in IGN, more information about the second DLC will be shared on May 7, a few days before its release date on May 9. more >>
Without any warning or fanfare whatsoever, Swedish game developer Mojang, the developer that gave the world the uber-popular exploration game "Minecraft," released a strategy game called "Crown and Council." According to a report in The Verge, the game is described as "a fast-paced strategy game about conquering land and obliterating rival monarchs." And it's available to download for free on Steam.
Those who have played the game describe it as a game that looks a bit like "Civilization" but more pixelated and smaller in scope. Players need to build up their empire by raising money, building up their own naval and military force and of course, getting their hands on vast tracts of land.
The game was developed by only one member of the Mojang team, Henrik Pettersson. It was a result of a game jam – an event where game developers and designers come together to create small and short games based on a pre-identified theme – after which Mojang decided to refine the game further and ready it for public release. more >>
Apple's 13-year streak of quarterly revenue growth ended Tuesday, April 26, when the tech giant reported that its quarterly sales had dropped for the first time in over a decade.
Apple, which has been the world's most valuable company for the last five years, reported that revenue for its second fiscal quarter, which ended on March 26, dropped 13 percent to $50.6 billion, lower than the $52 billion forecasted by analysts. The reported quarterly net income was $10.5 billion or $1.90 per diluted share, lower than the $2 per share forecast.
The drop in revenue was a result of flagging sales of the company's flagship product, the iPhone. In the first three months of 2016, the company sold 51.2 million iPhones, a number that barely passed the expected 51 million unit shipments and represented a significant drop from the 61 million iPhones shipped during the same period last year. more >>
With several virtual reality headsets already available in the market, most of the content available so far is geared towards the gaming applications of the technology. Other types of content such as VR short films and music videos are not as many. The rationale behind the creation of the Transport platform is to provide a venue for the use of VR in cinematic storytelling. The platform was established by California-based start-up Wevr, after it was able to raise over $25 million from different investors to jumpstart VR content creation, according to a Variety report.
When Wevr launched Transport in February this year, only a limited number of users were testing the platform with free content on offer from Wevr and selected content partners. Wevr itself is known for its VR creations such as "TheBlu: Encounter" and "Gone." "TheBlu" is an immersive VR experience that has the viewer come face-to-face with a giant whale while in a sunken ship. "Gone" on the other hand is serialized drama which Wevr produced with Skybound Entertainment and Samsung.
Wevr intends the Transport platform to eventually make high-quality VR content available through different VR headsets and even through the web. This content can be for sale but it is also exploring other ways to get content out such as having sponsored content. According to the co-founder and EVP of Wevr Anthony Batt, they will also be looking at exclusives because "Exclusivity matters." more >>
Giant tech companies are getting a lot friendlier these days, or so it seems. Anyway, Google recently announced that its Gmail for Android email service has been updated with new feature that could provide millions of its users some convenience. This feature is in the form of support for Microsoft Exchange.
According to Venture Beat, Gmail for Android actually already had support for Exchange, but it was limited to the Nexus line of devices and nothing else. In this particular improvement on the other hand, the support now includes calendar data, contacts, and of course, mail.
Google finally realized that it didn't have a choice with regards to incorporating Exchange since the email services provided by the same, especially in the workplace and place of business is still unsurpassed. Aside from the Exchange compatibility, Gmail for Android is now in full force in terms of Outlook.com integration, as well as Yahoo Mail and several other IMAP/POP accounts. more >>